through my lens

Prior to now, I’ve been limiting what I can capture through my lens by only using one lens, a 50mm that I love but can’t always see the whole scene. The big picture. Sometimes it’s hard for me to see the big picture, too. I stress about negative possibilities that may never happen, and I overlook the many positives in the face of adversity. That’s human, though. So, for my trip north to Alberta and Banff I decided to rent a 28mm cine lens from @lensrentals. I’m working on seeing the bigger picture, to think before I act, and to be patient. Here’s to learning the same things on a new lens.

Andi Mack & Asian American Diaspora

Includes spoilers for episode 8.

I’m gonna talk about the dinner table scene during ‘Terms of Embarrassment’ that hit me in my diasporic Asian American feels so hard that I couldn’t even see it coming. Celia’s reaction to seeing food using her mother’s old recipes on the table… the silence and inability for her to put the emotions around loss into words. Food is such an essential part of Asian American experience and identity and they managed to get that in the scene. Lauren Tom’s acting in this scene had so much nuance and depth, I was speechless. This show gets at such deep level of an Asian American experience and it’s so subtle too that I’m sure I can only see it through my own Asian American lens.

I’d never thought I’d see food that seemed so obscure to my family normalized onscreen on a Disney Channel show and not just a joke about exotic food. If you told me that when I was a kid I probably wouldn’t have believed it was possible. (Also, did they confirm that Celia speaks Cantonese? Because yes 🙌🏼)

I know they casted the show colorblind and Andi is supposed to relate to “any kid” coming from the interviews out there with the kid cast. But there’s no doubt in my mind that this is an Asian American story and I’m so glad kids get to see this on screen.

“Dirty Laundry” - Peter Parker x Reader

Word Count: 2748

Warnings: angst feat. a pinch of fluff (but mostly angst)

Author’s Note: This month’s song (or technically last month… it’s for March) is Dirty Laundry by All Time Low. I’m so sorry this took a bit longer than planned, but I hope yall enjoy! The song is kinda about lying… (*coughs* Y/n? *coughs again*) so yeah, expect an argument about that :)

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Nick Joaquin once said that Filipinos have this tendency to build things and group together and eventually collapse. … Here’s one guy who’s trying to bring things together but the natural tendency of the Filipino nation is to be in pieces. - Jerrold Tarog, director (Heneral Luna, 2015)

Are you really an INTJ?

INTJs are strategic visionaries with a dominant focus on the theoretical aspects of the world. They are arguably the most strategic out of all the 16 MBTI types. With assumed potential like that, it’s no wonder that so many people are quick to call themselves INTJs. You yourself may be calling yourself an INTJ.

However, there are actually very few INTJs out there in the world. According to the statistics, nearly one in every 50 people you meet will be INTJs (2.1% of population). From my personal experience, it is even less.

The three types that often have the most trouble discerning whether they are INTJ or not, are usually one letter away, namely being the ISTJ, INTP, and the INFJ. Below are listed the key differences between those types.


INTJ is future-focused vs the ISTJ who is past-focused.
INTJ focuses on big picture impressions (they look at the top first, then bottom) vs the ISTJ who prefers to focus on details (they look at bottom first, then work their way up).
INTJ can get swept up by need for new experiences vs the ISTJ who can become overly focused on seeming funny.
INTJ often seeks to create new changes (non-traditionalist/non-conformist) vs the ISTJ who values past values and history (traditionalist/conformist).
When looking for directions, ISTJs would prefer the titles of the streets while the INTJ would prefer general directions such as “keep going right for a few blocks till you see it”.

INTJs are often more focused on worldly success compared to INTPs who focus on personal understanding and interests more.
INTPs are usually better people’s persons than INTJs since INTPs are more friendly-seeming overall, while the INTJ is ironically likely to be more caring on the inside.
INTPs are likely to ramble at times without being aware of the audience compared to the INTJ who is much less likely to do that.
INTPs look at things from a bottom-up perspective building a database of facts to the top helping them to understand the big picture, while the INTJ looks at things from a top-bottom approach trying to understand the big picture first and then the details.
INTPs generate many random ideas in quick succession that may not all be good while the INTJ is more likely to come up with a few ideas that are often on point.
INTPs think more like inventors while INTJs think like solution-builders.

INTJs first look at the systems, then how people come into play while the INFJs focus on the people first, and then the systems. For example, I look at people through the lens of my psychology theories first, and then as people while the INFJ looks at people through their natural understanding of people’s nature in general, then theory.
INTJs are more focused on achieving for self-centered reasons compared to the INFJ who will wholeheartedly do what they think will help the world with comparatively little regard for themselves.
INTJs are horrible people-persons compared to the INFJ who is very altruistic and able to “fake it” in social situations.
INTJs have a strong sense of internal justice (introverted feeling) and question it often vs the INFJ who has a very strong and defined sense of social justice.
INTJs usually do not care what society offers beyond what peculiarly interests them while the INFJ is genuinely interested in becoming involved in societal culture as much as possible.